Agreements with other provinces
We are authorized to enter into agreements with other provinces and their designated classification authorities.
Read the Motion Picture Act, section 12.3.
In 1997, the governments of BC and Saskatchewan entered into an agreement in which BC would provide motion picture classification (rating) services for Saskatchewan.
Today, we continue to classify many of the movies shown in Saskatchewan theatres using the categories defined in our legislation.
The Financial and Consumer Affairs Authority (FCAA) carries out various administrative duties and the Saskatchewan Film Classification Board classifies general release DVDs sold or rented in Saskatchewan, as well as content for repertory theatres.
Our agreement benefits consumers by providing consistent classification information in BC and Saskatchewan and industry by reducing costs and the amount of time it takes to get motion pictures classified. We encourage moviegoers in both provinces to contact us with any questions or concerns.
Read our agreement with the Saskatchewan Film Classification Board.
Read the 2017 addendum.
In 2018, we signed an agreement with the province of Manitoba to provide motion picture classification services for the province.
Read our agreement with the province of Manitoba.
What about the rest of Canada?
In Canada, motion picture classification falls under provincial jurisdiction. Every province and territory has its own unique approach to classification.
Many provinces have legislation that determines how motion pictures are classified.
While most provinces in Canada use similar category names, the definitions for these categories can vary based on legislation and policy as well as local community standards.